The Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional Development (“Gerner Award”) is awarded by the Women’s Caucus (WCIS) and sponsored by Lynne Rienner Publishing. Deborah Gerner (1956-2006) was a much-loved and inspirational scholar who worked extensively on contributing to conflict resolution and peace in the Middle East. She was also a great advocate for women scholars in the international relations discipline. Funds from this grant may be used to support any legitimate professional development identified by the candidate. Some examples of possible uses include the following: (a) Travel to a professional meeting, (b) travel to conduct interviews, work with a colleague on a collaborative project, or field research, (c) purchase of databases, software, books, or other materials needed for research, or (d) participation in an appropriate pedagogy workshop or institute. Please note that these are just examples, and other documented professional development needs will be considered.